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Howe Caverns

255 Discovery Drive, Howes Cave NY 12092


Located in scenic Schoharie County, New York, Howe Caverns is a family fun destination and is the second most visited natural attraction in the state of New York, second only to Niagara Falls. The central New York attraction has been in operation since 1842 and operating guided tours for 86 years, as the largest Show Cave in the Northeast.  Howe’s main attraction is its living, limestone cave, carved by an underground river over the course of millions of years, located 156 feet (15 stories) below the earth’s surface.   Howe Caverns has welcomed more than 16 million visitors to this natural wonder. Before entering the cave, an animatronic version of discoverer Lester Howe tells the story of its discovery. Enter the cave via elevator to experience well-lit, smooth brick walkways, and a boat ride on the underground Lake of Venus, all of which contribute to the extraordinary 90-minute guided tour. Year-round the cavern temperature is 52 degrees F (12 degrees C). Light jackets and comfortable shoes recommended. Special interest tours (Lantern Tours, Flashlight Tours and Adventure Tours) are available with advance reservations. Traditional tours do not need reservations. From Memorial Day through Labor Day challenge yourself with zip line, ropes course, rock wall, air jumper and H2OGO ball water rides at Howe High Adventure, located on the Howe Caverns Estate. There’s also a new 250-seat picnic pavilion and a Gem & Mining Building where you can “pan” for your own semi-precious gems, fossils and arrowheads. A large Gift Shop, a Sweet Shop filled with homemade fudge and other yummy treats and an on-site Cafe are part of the Visitor Center. And, debuting May 2015, the new Signature Rock Discovery Tour reveals portions of the caverns not open to the public in 100 years, through a 2.5 hour adventure program. Please visit for tours, pricing, packages and more information or call 518.296.8900 to plan your visit today.

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Address 255 Discovery Drive, Howes Cave NY 12092
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